IT Sports & IT Too Tournaments

Third Time Lucky For York Duo in IT Sports Tournament

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York pair Jill Le Pla (left) and Siobhan Gilfillan

Fulford TC hosted this season’s IT Sports and IT Too tournaments.The IT, for players from divisions 1 and 2, saw seven couples compete in a round robin format.York’s Jill Le Pla and Siobhan Gilfillan dominated the group stages, only coming unstuck against team mates Karen Retief and Kathryn Place. Rufforth pair Christine Edmond and Judith Evans qualified for the semi-finals to face fellow Ruffordian, Sue Yoward and York’s Ilianna Evangliou. A combination of strong serving and volleying from the latter pair saw them qualify for the final. Jill Le Pla and Siobhan Gilfillan were participating in their third final in a row. Having lost the previous two, there were no slip ups this time as their determination and consistency saw them claim the trophy in a high-quality match.

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Players from this season’s IT Sports event


Fulford Couple Claim IT Too Title in Record Breaking Event

The IT Too competition, which is open to players from divisions 3-7, had a record entry level of seventeen pairs.

Players competed in three groups which featured strong performances from New Earswick’s Emily Broadbent and Nicky Georgiou, Wilberfoss’s Gerry Screeton and Ros Latham and Tollerton’s Sandra Jennings and Mary Foster.

The semi-finals saw Fulford duo Jane Wallace and Elizabeth Mallory narrowly defeat Cliffe’s Jane Pemberton and Kelly Holmes and Copmanthorpe’s Jane Harding and Laura Simpson overcome Fulford couple Sarah Richards and Charlotte O’ Shea.

The final was played in deteriorating weather conditions. Wallace and Mallory lost the first two games, but then settled into their stride, making several winning volleys, to take the next five games and so secure the title.

IT Too Winners – Fulford’s Jane Wallace (left) and Elizabeth Mallory

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Proceeds from entry fees and raffles held at both events raised £200 for Macmillan Cancer Support.



Press Report – Week 16


wig 2 2017 Left to Right: Caz Mackender, Maggie Downs, Catherine Field, Pauline Wreglesworth, capt Sandra Burley, Karen Walker and Helen Brown.

Wiggington have claimed the division 5 title of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League; even though Su Watson and Nicky Browne bagged 28 games for Fulford, Wig claimed a 56-52 victory to take the title ahead of fellow promoted team, Riccall.

Emma Owen and Victoria Bland were in form for Pocklington, netting 28 games in their division 1 victory over Poppleton and in doing so condemned Popp to relegation from the first tier.

In division 2, Castelgarth beat Wistow, to ensure they remain in division 2.

David Lloyd seconds confirmed their promotion from division 3 with an emphatic victory over struggling Knaresborough, this will leave the latter in a head to head relegation match against Rowntree Park.

Boston Spa went down to their first defeat of the season in divison 4 against Bishopthorpe 2, for whom Andrene Watson and Georgina MacKenzie scored 24 games. Spa are assured of the title and will likely be joined in division 3 by Bish. Sutton have an outside chance of catching Bish after demolishing Poppleton 88-20.


Division 1: Pocklington 76, Poppleton 32.

Division 3: Copmanthorpe 1 55, Cliffe 53; David Lloyd 80, Knaresborough 28.

Division 4: Sutton Upon Derwent 88, Poppleton 2 20; Boston Spa 60, Heworth 48; Bishopthorpe 2 66, Boston Spa 2 42.

Division 5: Wigginton 2 56, Fulford 3 52.

Division 6: Knaresborough 86, David Lloyd 4 22; Stamford Bridge 60, Copmanthorpe 3 48.


Press Report – Week 15 – (sort of)

York 1 Retain Division 1 Title

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Left to right – Wendy Stirke, Kathryn Place (captain), Fay Chapman, Karen Retief, Jill Le Pla, Louise Marshman.

York 1 wrapped up the division 1 title of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League with two victories in two days. They had a comprehensive win at Bishopthorpe and then edged past title challengers Dunnington 57-51. This will be the Clifton Park club’s fifth title in a row and seems a fitting tribute to former captain and regular, Karen Retief, who’s sixteen-year partnership with current captain Kathryn Place closed on a high as they finished their last match unbeaten to retain the top crown.

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Current captain Kathryn Place (left) & former captain Karen Retief.

The top two teams in division 2 ended their season with victories; David Lloyd against Starbeck and Wigginton over Wistow, this despite a valiant effort from Rachel and Sarah Huggins who netted 25 games. Castlegarth’s defeat at Rufforth means they now become involved in the relegation battle.

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David Lloyd 1 – Division 2 Champions – Front from left to right: Helen Larkin, Sarah Smelik, Debbie Holman, Sheila Duxbury; Back from left to right: Jo Powell, Louise Dwyer, Sharon Davidson.

Division 3 champions Pocklington cruised to a 64-44 win at Knaresborough. Elsewhere Lisa Garland and Liz Taylor were in form for David Lloyd as they beat Fulford, leaving Lloyd battling out the second promotion place with Copmanthorpe, who overcame Bubwith 61-47.  Elizabeth Mallory and Jane Wallace only dropped one game as Fulford then went on to demolish Bubwith and so secure their third division status.

The two teams challenging for second spot in division 4 both lost. Heworth at champions Boston Spa, and Bishopthorpe, by the tightest of margins, at Tollerton. Meanwhile, Lucy Collier and Sally Simpson bagged 30 games in Sutton’s 63-45 win over Appleton.

In division 6, champions Copmanthorpe completed the season unbeaten as they hammered Bubwith 83-25.

Latest results:

Division 1: York 1 57, Dunnington 51; Bishopthorpe 30, York 78.

Division 2: David Lloyd 59, Starbeck 49; Wigginton 61, Wistow 47; Rufforth 57, Castlegarth 51.

Division 3: Knareborough 44, Pocklington 64; Fulford 2 46, David Lloyd 62; Copmanthorpe 61, Bubwith 47; Fulford 89 (E. Mallory & J. Wallace 35), Bubwith 19.

Division 4: Boston Spa 61, Heworth 47; Sutton Upon Derwent 63 (S. Simpson & L. Collier 30), Appleton Roebuck 45; Tollerton 55, Bishopthorpe 53.

Division 6: David Lloyd 39, Knaresborough 69; Copmanthorpe 83, Bubwith 25.




Press Report – Week 14

Undefeated Division 4 Champions – BOSTON SPA

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From back left to right – Anne Milne, Sandy Clough, Alison Ward, Simone Devereux, Kate Pirie and Captain Ann McCreesh.


In a tense clash at the top of division 1 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League, York 1 overcame Dunnington 64-44. All three of York’s couples scored over twenty games to edge out the opposition and so close in on the first division title. Belinda Turnbull and Catherine Baker netted 33 games for Poppleton, but it may be too little too late as they still failed to beat a consistently scoring Pocklington team. Bishopthorpe and Fulford were defeated by Castlegarth and York 2 respectively, so both are still fighting for survival along with Poppleton.

David Lloyd claimed the division 2 crown after a comprehensive victory at Starbeck, Helen Larkin and Debbie Holman leading the way with 31 games. Wigginton will join them in the top flight after comfortably beating Castlegarth.  Christine Edmond and Kate Lewis were in form for Rufforth as they defeated Wistow and in doing so sent them back to division 3 after just one season. Dunnington are struggling to maintain their second division status, this week going down 47-61 to Boston Spa.

Pocklington will be promoted as champions from division 3. Louise Wilkinson and Andrea Bland bagged 28 games as the champions crushed Knaresborough 73-35. Similar scores from all three couples facilitated David Lloyd’s victory over Fulford, leaving them in the battle for the second promotion place. Copmanthorpe’s close victory at Bubwith leaves them hard on DL’s heals, Laura Simpson and Rhian Scott’s 22 games proving invaluable in Cop’s win.

Boston Spa celebrated taking the division 4 title as one of only two unbeaten teams in the league. Captain Anne McCreesh and Sandy Clough took 28 games in Spa’s victory over second place Bishopthorpe. Anne Gray and Chris Vis were undefeated for Heworth as they overcame Tollerton, leaving them still in contention for promotion. Elsewhere Sutton gained valuable points as they edged past Appleton 56-52. At the base of the table, Pat MacKeller and Hilary Brown bagged 24 games for Poppleton as they beat New Earswick.

Division 5 table toppers Wigginton suffered a surprise defeat against Fulford, they are assured of promotion and look likely champions, though Riccall are chasing them hard, Michelle Hall and Sophie Marshman scoring 28 games in their win at Cawood. This defeat means Cawood will now be relegated along with Dunnington 3 who went down 74-34 at Wilberfoss.

Copmanthorpe demolished Poppleton to claim the division 6 title. Lynda Withers and Amanda Robson won 26 games as undefeated Cop eased past their second placed rivals. Sheriff and Dunnington 4 will both be relegated after losing out to David Lloyd and Bubwith respectively.


Division 1: Bishopthorpe 42, Castlegarth 66; York 2 56, Fulford 52; Poppleton 50 (B. Turnbull & C. Baker 33), Pocklington 58; Dunnington 44, York 1 64.

Division 2: Starbeck 34, David Lloyd 74 (D. Holman & H. Larkin 31); Boston Spa 61, Dunnington 2 47; Castlegarth 40, Wigginton 68 (D. Crane & E. Bradshaw 34); Rufforth 75 (K. Lewis & C. Edmond 30), Wistow 33.

Division 3: Cliffe 48, Rowntree Park 60; Pocklington 73, Knaresborough 35; David Lloyd 2 72, Fulford 36; Bubwith 51, Copmanthorpe 57.

Division 4: Appleton Roebuck 52, Sutton Upon Derwent 56; Heworth 57, Tollerton 51; Boston Spa 65, Bishopthorpe 43; Poppleton 65, New Earswick 43.

Division 5: Wilberfoss 74, Dunnington 3 34; Fulford 56, Wigginton 52; Cawood 41, Riccall 67.

Division 6: David Lloyd 56, Sheriff Hutton 52; Copmanthorpe 73, Poppleton 35; Dunnington 36, Bubwith 72.

Division 7: Wilberfoss 57, York 51.

Press Report – Week 13

Popp pair battle on in their team’s defeat at Dunnington

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Poppleton 1 duo – Rosie Cantrell (left) and Hilary Spencer


For the second successive weekend, the weather hampered the scheduled matches in the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League.

In the games that did take place, Sue Midsely and Ali Ward were unbeaten for Boston Spa as they maintained their 100%-win record in division 4. Their 64-44 win at Tollerton leaves them odds on to claim the title. Julia Sykes and Georgina Mackenzie were in form for Bishopthorpe in their victory over Heworth, leaving them in second place and leading the chasing pack. Appleton’s defeat of New Earswick leaves them with an outside chance of being involved in the promotion places.

Dunnington had mixed fortunes in division 1, losing their first match of the campaign to Castlegarth, and then trouncing a depleted Poppleton side, for whom Captain Hilary Spencer and Rosie Cantrell continue to battle. Castlegarth climb to third place after their annihilation of Pocklington, Angela Wood and Charlotte Todd netting 35 games. York 1 look favourites to retain the top crown after battering Fulford 83-25. At the foot of the table, two out of Poppleton, Fulford and Bishopthorpe, will lose their top-flight status.

David Lloyd confirmed their division 2 promotion at their first attempt after beating struggling Dunnington, Sarah Smelik and Sharon Davidson bagging 25 games in the 68-40 victory. Denise Crane and Eleanor Bradshaw teamed up for Wigginton and only dropped one game as they hammered Starbeck 82-26, leaving Wig poised for promotion.

Fiona Lambert and Josephine Nuttman starred for Pocklington in their 59-49 win against David Lloyd, leaving Pock almost certain division 3 champions and Lloyd still in the mix for the second promotion slot.

Copmanthorpe and Poppleton will both be promoted from division 6, though it remains to be seen who will be champions. Jo Allerton and Wendy Battle’s 27 game haul led Popp to victory over Sheriff; they then went down heavily to new leaders Copmanthorpe, whose three couples won every rubber in their 78-30 win. Knaresborough secured third place after defeating Bubwith 57-51.

Rufforth signed off their season by defeating division 7 champions elect York 3, Wendy Farnell and Denise Reilly netting 24 games in the 64-44 victory to confirm their team’s promotion.

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Division 1: Castlegarth 1 78, Dunnington 1 30; Castlegarth 1 95 (A. Wood & C. Todd 35, Y. Mannall & S. Perkins 31), Pocklington 13; Fulford 1 25, York 1 83; Dunnington 1 76, Poppleton 1 32 (Popp only had 2 couples).

Division 2: Wigginton 1 82 (D. Crane & E. Bradshaw 35), Starbeck 26; David Lloyd 1 68, Dunnington 2 40.

Division 3: Pocklington 2 59, David Lloyd 2 49.

Division 4: Bishopthorpe 2 66, Heworth 42; Appleton Roebuck 1 59 (M. Almgill & C. Howat 31), New Earswick 49; Tollerton 44, Boston Spa 2 64.

Division 6: Bubwith 2 51, Knaresborough 57; Poppleton 3 64, Sheriff Hutton 44; Poppleton 3 30, Copmanthorpe 2 78.

Division 7: York 3 44, Rufforth 2 64.


On a rain affected weekend, David Lloyd defeated title rivals Wigginton in division 2 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League. Consistent scores from all three couples leave Lloyd four points clear at the top and likely champions. Meanwhile, Helen Halsall and Christine Noddings included a 12-0 in Starbeck’s 78-30 win at Boston Spa.

Wigginton 2 logged a comprehensive win over second placed Riccall so will be promoted from division 5, Sandra Burley and Catherine Field bagged 28 games in the 72-36 victory, one more point will see them champions. Michelle Cossey and Joy Craig starred for David Lloyd as they dispatched bottom placed Cawood, leaving Lloyd third with an outside chance of promotion.

Liz Powell and Tess Abbey netted 22 games for Stamford Bridge as they dented Rufforth’s division 7 promotion hopes. Elsewhere, Appleton got the better of Copmanthorpe, defeating them 69-39.

Captain Lizanne Southworth and Jill Rounce were unbeaten in Bubwith’s 71-37 victory over injury hit Cliffe; this leaves Bubwith chasing hard for a division 3 promotion place and condemns Cliffe to a second successive relegation.

In division 1 Sarah Dwyer and Siobhan Gilfillan top scored in York 2’s 57-51 win over high flying Pocklington, this virtually ensures the Clifton Park seconds place in the top flight next season.


Division 1: York 2 57, Pocklington 51.

Division 2: Boston Spa 30, Starbeck 78 (H. Halsall & C. Noddings 29); Wigginton 1 48, David Lloyd 1 60.

Division 3: Bubwith 71, Cliffe 37.

Division 4: Appleton Roebuck 55, Poppleton 2 53.

Division 5: David Lloyd 3 70(M. Cossey & J. Craig 30), Cawood 38; Riccall 36, Wigginton 2 72(S. burley & C. Field 28).

Division 7: Copmanthorpe 3 39, Appleton Roebuck 2 69; Rufforth 2 51, Stamford Bridge 57.

Press Report – Week 11

York 3   – Division 7 Champions in their maiden season

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From left to right  – Michelle Wall,  Sue Green,  Caroline Mitchell,  Jean Jaram (captain),  Laura Bailey and Lorna Cawkwell. 

York 3 celebrated their maiden season in the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League by becoming the first team to be confirmed as champions. Their 61-47 victory over Copmanthorpe means they top division 7 with an unassailable lead. Rufforth stay second after a big win over a depleted Wilberfoss side, whilst Karen Anderson and Angela Rotherey racked up 26 games in Stamford Bridge’s victory at Appleton Roebuck.

Dunnington maintain the pressure on title favourites York in division 1, Charlotte Mitchell and Denise Bolam were unbeaten in their 82-26 win against Bishopthorpe. Castlegarth ensured their first division status after beating York seconds. Fulford and Poppleton remain in deep trouble at the foot of the table after losing heavily to Pocklington and York 1 respectively.

Sue Yoward and Christine Place netted 24 games as Rufforth defeated high flying Wigginton in division 2. David Lloyd stay top and look to be in touching distance of promotion, captain Sheila Duxberry and Frances Mutter taking 25 games in their 66-42 win against struggling Wistow. Starbeck are third after a comprehensive victory over Dunnington. Elsewhere, Lorraine Pearey and Lesley Hayley included a 12-0 for Boston Spa as they defeated Castlegarth.

Pocklington top division 3 despite going down 48-60 at Bubwith for whom Liz Bramley and Anna Araksinen scored 28 games. Each of David Lloyd’s pairs contributed 23 games in their victory at Rowntree Park, leaving Lloyd second and Park near the wrong end of the table. Pam Campbell and Elizabeth Mallory were in form for Fulford bagging 28 games as they downed Cliffe, condemning them to almost certain relegation.

Boston Spa look likely champions of division 4. Ann McCreesh and Sandy Clough taking 28 games as Spa eased past bottom club Poppleton to maintain their 100% win record. Heworth, Bishopthorpe and Tollerton are all equal on points in second place. Heworth and Bish both logging comfortable wins over New Earswick and Appleton respectively.

Wigginton remain top of division 5 following their 59-49 victory over David Lloyd. Jen Tongue and Sophie Marshman starred for Riccall as they hold second place after defeating Dunnington 65-43. Meanwhile, Gerry Screeton and Nicola Ramshaw finished unbeaten as Wilberfoss overcame struggling Cawood.

Poppleton 3 continue to chase leaders Copmanthorpe in division 6. Popp closed the gap to a point after victory over Bubwith. Linda Parkin and Paddy MacJannette took 26 games for Knaresborough in their win at Sheriff. Dunnington prop up the table after conceding their match to David Lloyd.


Division 1: Pocklington 88, Fulford 20 (Fulford only has 2 couples); Castlegarth 65, York 2 43; York 1 83 (W. Stirke & L. Marshman 33), Poppleton 25; Dunnington 82, Bishopthorpe 26.

Division 2: Wigginton 50, Rufforth 58; Starbeck 72, Dunnington 2 36; David Lloyd 66, Wistow 42; Boston Spa 64, Castlegarth 2 44.

Division 3: Rowntree Park 39, David Lloyd 2 69; Bubwith 1 60, Pocklington 2 48; Cliffe 40, Fulford 2 68.

Division 4: New Earswick 45, Heworth 63; Bishopthorpe 2 64, Appleton Roebuck 44; Poppleton 2 44, Boston Spa 64.

Division 5: Dunnington 3 43, Riccall 65; Wilberfoss 61, Cawood 47; Wigginton 2 59, David Lloyd 3 49.

Division 6: Sheriff Hutton 42, Knaresborough 2 66; Poppleton 3 61, Bubwith 2 47; Dunnington conceded to David Lloyd.

Division 7: Appleton Roebuck 2 47, Stamford Bridge 61; Rufforth 2 78, Wilberfoss 2 30 (Wilberfoss only had 2 couples); Copmanthorpe 3 47, York 3 61.